Found October 14, 2011 on
Center Matt Birk said Wednesday he would appeal a $5,000 fine from the NFL for failing to wear a microphone under his jersey as prescribed by the new collective bargaining agreement. Birk said he had problems with the microphone in warm-ups before the Oct. 2 game against the New York Jets, and when he couldn't get it corrected, he took the mike off. "When I went out for warm-ups, the microphone came loose and was jabbing my neck," he said. "It was tucked in there pretty tight, and I couldn't get it back in there, so I just took it off. Then I was notified that I'm not supposed to do that." Birk couldn't resist a playful plea for leniency from commissioner Roger Goodell. "I'm not going to get up here on my soap box and proclaim my innocence," Birk said. "I think it's a misunderstanding. It wasn't like I just ripped it off because I didn't want to wear it. I'll pay them, and whatever the commissioner decides, that's the final verdict. I will tell him, though, I got my sixth kid on the way, you know. I need all the money I can for diapers and Cheerios."

Source: The Sports Xchange
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